Integrative medicine delivery models
Secondary Topic: Interprofessional education
A collaborative model for delivering acupuncture services as part of oncology supportive care in a community cancer center - a clinical and educational partnership
Alexandra York, M.S., CHWC, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD, United States; Patsy L Astarita, LCSW, OSW-C, Upper Chesapeake Health, Bel Air , MD, United States
Late Breaker: No
In 2015 the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and the University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Kaufman Cancer Center (KCC) entered into a partnership to deliver an integrative medicine model in a community cancer center. Through the vision of a shared board member, who recognized alignment in mission and values, an opportunity to meet mutual needs was identified. The KCC was looking to grow their integrative medicine program and MUIH was seeking integrative clinical experiences for their doctoral acupuncture students.
This proposed symposia will tell the story of this partnership utilizing a marriage metaphor (courting, engagement, marriage, marriage counseling, recommitment, flourishing and growth) in which we share the processes for establishing a partnership, program development, teaching clinic development, implementation, challenges and opportunities, lessons learned, and future work. More specifically this symposia will highlight how KCC and MUIH’s mutual engagement has transformed each organization at many levels. Additionally this symposia will engage attendees in creative thinking about the available resources in their settings and community which could be utilized to deliver integrative care in such partnership. The presenters will provide a scenario and invite the attendees to breakout into groups to think through all the aspects of implementing an integrative medicine model.
This innovative model is taking place in a community-based setting where the majority of patients receive cancer care. A large academic teaching institution or major cancer center is not required to enhance cancer treatment and deliver an integrative medicine model. This model spotlights true collaboration and integrative care.
In doing so, the following needs are met for the institutions involved:
This symposia will demonstrate the exact theme of this conference - collaboration in action. Both MUIH and KCC have advanced their clinical practices and MUIH has enhanced its educational programming through this collaboration.
Each speaker will present for 20 minutes alternating as the story of the model is presented. This will be followed by an interactive exercise in which participants will engage in pair or small groups to answer questions on how to use some aspects of this model in their current setting or potential partnership for creating an integrative model for delivery of care.
Using marriage as a metaphor, each phase of the development and implementation process of the integrative model will be presented along with an overview of the structure and function of the student-based acupuncture clinic. The following the questions and topics will be address: